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Statement: Senator Craig M. Johnson SpeakingAbout Hiram Monserrate

“Two nights ago, I voted to expel Hiram Monserrate from the state Senate.

“This vote was not taken lightly and was cast without joy. However, as a father, a husband, and the representative of the residents of the 7th Senate District, it was the correct action.

“Mr. Monserrate was convicted of a crime that stemmed from domestic violence. A bipartisan committee that was formed to examine the circumstances surrounding this incident showed him to be unfit to hold office.

“Also, continuing to allow Hiram Monserrate to remain a member of this chamber would send the unacceptable message that this body tolerates violence against women.

“Fifty-two other state Senators joined me in this vote for expulsion. This group was bipartisan, diverse, and representative of every region of this state.

“It has been suggested that this vote should not occur in order to protect the Senate Majority.

“I rejected that suggestion. This is bigger than who controls the Senate; this is about the very institution of the Senate.

“It is also about doing what is right, and I believe this vote was the right thing.”